••••• Fiber Optic Consultant Westborough MA
Consulted with component manufacturers on methods to improve packaging stability and reliability. Proposed methods to increase coupler production, coupling ratio uniformity, decrease excess loss and polarization dependent loss. Advised on numerous singlemode and multimode component fabrication and automation methods, including hydrofluoric etching, polishing, and cleaning.
••••• ALCOA FUJIKURA NEW ENGLAND, Norton, MA
(formerly T&B Aster, Augat Aster, Aster Corp.)
Senior Development Engineer - R&D Division
Developed components, couplers, sensors, instrumentation, and electronic systems from prototype concept to production ready products. Product design / development included program planning, costing, scheduling tasks and personnel training. Personal skills included hands-on experimentation, testing of advanced materials, software creation, establishing new production methods, proposal / grant writing, contract reporting and Standard Operating Procedure documentation.
Conceived, fabricated, and troubleshot practical methods and designs using manual dexterity under high power microscopes, electronic soldering skills, and machine tool proficiency with lathes, Bridgeport millers, and surface grinders. Created the needed controls and mechanical fixturing for chemical stripping, cleaning, and etching using experience with glass fabricating and wet chemistry.
Product lines personally built, tested, and projects/teams managed:
Sensors: Automotive Cylinder Pressure (5Kpsi/•••••C); Single fiber temperature •••••C to •••••C; Acoustic fo
DOD; Cardiac Pressure (1mm OD)
In-house ••••• port test system employing multiple lasers, isolators, modulators, concatenated splitters and WDMs,
silicon and InGaAs detectors, high gain preamplifiers, and A/D PC interface
DWDM; Polarization Maintaining (PM) couplers; and Wideband Couplers; Add-Drop Multiplexers (ADMs)
employing Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs)
Fabry-Perot Resonators; Fiber Optics Gyroscopes (FOGs); Mach-Zehnder Interferometers; Bandwidth Limiters
Miniature Bends (received R&D••••• Award •••••)
Connectors ST, SC, FC, etc. with < •••••dB polishes
Transferred Biconic connector manufacturing from Texas to Massachusetts
Single Fiber Bidirectional Transceivers styles:
••••• KHz Plastic; 2M Bit MM; ••••• Gbit SM (3x•••••x•••••mm3 footprint)
Focused Laser and LED Pigtailing Stations with 5K/yr capacity
Fluent with oscilloscopes, multi-meters, phase meters, lock-in amplifiers, monochrometers, power meters, spectrometers, wavemeters, Polarization Dependent Loss (PDL) / Poincare Sphere polarization state meters, DWDM spectrometers, programmable FO switch arrays, OTDRs, stereo phase contrast microscopes, environmental chambers, and programmable logic controllers. Employed stabilized light sources including SLEDs, ELEDs, Super-luminescent LEDs, FP lasers, DFB lasers, and tunable DBR lasers. Designed and wired constant current power supplies. Broad knowledge of measurement techniques for FOTP, MIL, Telcordia •••••, ••••• testing. Contributed to industrial specifications as an EIA-TIA Standards attendee.
Devised test plan to meet Bellcore qualifications; designed and built ••••• port data logging instrumentation for British Telecom qualifications. Test instrumentation included software and analog electronics to interface to various equipment, for example the optical spectrum analyzer output into spreadsheet / filters data / plot / publish.
Applied a strong knowledge of material science (glasses, refractories, metals, polymers, and adhesives) to improve innovative coupler, laser, and sensor packaging.
Presented eight papers at engineering conferences. Lead application engineer at trade shows where I fielded technical questions, sold company capabilities, received orders, and contacted potential customers. Wrote ••••• papers in technical journals and trade magazines. Made engineering sales calls and presentations to customers which resulted in substantial contract awards. Led technical team to major customers facility to correct severe non-conformance problem.
Enhanced WDM production yield from •••••% to •••••% , a direct profit increase for a several million dollar 3M contract. Directed a twelve person team to extend entire coupler product lines environmental performance, reducing packaging cost by •••••% , and streamlining assembly time by •••••%.
Initiated, trained tech, and managed DOD sensor project - Secret Clearance.
••••• ADC FIBER OPTICS CORPORATION, Westboro, MA
(formerly AEtna Telecom Labs)
Senior Electro Optics Systems Engineer - Component Division
Responsible to plan, organize, and execute facilities including optics lab, electronics lab, polishing lab, and Class ••••• clean room. Organized two development teams of 2 to 5 members consisting of engineers, technicians, and designers. Recruited, hired, and provided technical direction and education. Invented and built components and electronic systems. Personally built and managed: Multimode WDM and Signal Tap Couplers, Fiber Fone Voice Communicator (1st commercial single fiber talk set), FO Displacement Sensor.
Designed molds and coordinated plastic mold vendors to fabricate graphite composite coupler cases; glass vendors for precision glass substrate with micro channels for fiber alignment; coating house to deposit beamsplitter and dichroic filters on fibers. Built •••••K/yr semi-automated assembly stations.
Developed mass fiber polishing/coating production method. Fiber bundles of ••••• x 1 meter per run received •••••nm finish at prescribed angles. Bundles were chemically stripped, cleaned, vapor deposition coated, and separated into individual angle polished/coated fibers.
Performed environmental and optical testing; Evaluated optical and UV epoxies.
••••• SCANAMATIC INC., Skaneateles NY
Senior Product Development Engineer - R&D Department
Developed first commercial infrared laser bar code scanner. It employed an eight facet rotating prism scanner. Designed and built low noise analog preamplifier, imaging optics system, and performed MTF testing.
••••• MECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC., Latham, NY
Optical Physicist/Engineer - Measurement Science Department
Responsible for optical transducer development on projects administered for DOD, DOT, and EPRI, which included: man-hour scheduling and cost projections; mathematical analysis, Fortran coding, model simulation, overseeing fabrication and final testing. Consultant on optical and physics problems and measurement system malfunctions. Principal investigator in transducer development programs:
Doppler interferometry Geophone (seismometer) for AMOCO Geophysics Division
Fiber Optic levers, esp. Fotonic Sensor for Instruments Division
Magnetostrictive torque sensor for US Bureau of Mines
Liquid sodium inductive proximity probes for nuclear industry and US Navy submarines
••••• ESPEY MFG. & ELECTRONICS CORP., Saratoga, NY
Electro-Optics Engineer - R&D Division
Designed, built and tested e-o systems, including a Laser Opacity Monitor for Carpenter Steel baghouse, smoke detector for Saratoga Racetrack, backpacked 5HP windmill for Canadian Army, and satellite polyphase transformers. Analog design / breadboard of discrete and op amp circuits; layouts (PCB, lenses, gear trains). NYS Class B High Energy Mobile Laser Operator.
••••• Continuing Education: Intro to Fiber Channel, Intro to Logic Systems, Optical System Design, Fiber
Optic Sensors, Communications for Managers, Dialog Retrieval (Intro & Patent courses), Landmark
Education: Curriculum for Living, Communications Access to Power, Excellence Seminar.
••••• Graduate courses in Electronic Systems and Controls, Union College, Schenectady, NY
••••• B.A. Physics, State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
AWARDS: ••••• R&D••••• Award for ••••• Degree Miniature Bend••••• Technology to fashion standard fiber types into small loops <1mm OD and preserve •••••••••• dB loss across the spectral transmission band.
COMPUTER: MS Office: Word, Excel, Power Point, Access; MS Project; MathCad; MatLab; AutoCad, VisualCad; WordPerfect, QuattroPro; Visual Basic, Fortran, Batch, Macros, others.
••••• #6,•••••,••••• Single-sided fiber optic splitter with integral miniature bend; 3/•••••/•••••; principal
••••• #6,•••••,••••• Asymmetrical miniature bends in optical fibers and method of forming same; 9/•••••/•••••; principal
••••• #5,•••••,••••• Miniature fiberoptic bend device and method (continuation); 3/8/•••••
••••• #5,•••••,••••• Environmentally stable fiberoptic polarization maintaining couplers; 3/8/•••••
••••• #5,•••••,••••• Miniature fiberoptic bend device and method; 8/•••••/•••••
••••• #5,•••••,••••• Electro-optical converter (continuation); •••••/•••••/•••••; principal
••••• #5,•••••,••••• Fiber optic connector terminator; •••••/•••••/•••••
••••• #4,•••••,••••• Electro-optical converter including rigid support for optical fiber couple, telephone set using the coupler and method of making the same; 6/4/•••••; principal
PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS: (author and co-author)
••••• Miniature Fiberoptic Loop Subcomponent for Compact Sensors and Dense Routing, Proceedings of SPIE
Vol•••••; Smart Structures and Materials •••••: Sensory Phenomena and Measurement Instrumentation for
Smart Structures and Materials; 5/•••••
••••• Miniature Fiberoptic Loop for Compact Optical Sensors, Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. •••••;FiberOptic and
Laser Sensors and Applications; Including Distributed and Multiplexed Fiber Optic Sensors VII; 2/•••••
••••• Miniature Fiber Bends Offer Flexibility in Component and Circuit Design; Lightwave Special Reports (•••••)
••••• Miniature Bend Subcomponent for Compact Fiber Routing; NFOEC •••••, Orlando FL, 9/•••••
••••• Compact Components Using Miniature-Bend Technology; Fiberoptic Product News, Jul •••••
••••• Confirmation of a Water Diffusion Model for Splitter Coupling Ratio Drift Using Long Term Reliability Data,
NFOEC •••••, Denver CO, 9/•••••
••••• Long Term Splitting Ratio Drifts in Singlemode Fused Fiber Optic Couplers; NFOEC ••••• Boston, 9/•••••
••••• Right-Angle Connectors for High-Density Patch Panels and Interconnects, Proceedings of SPIE, Vol
•••••; Fiberoptic Components and Reliability; Boston, MA, Sept. •••••, •••••; 2/•••••
••••• Bandwidth Limiters for Single-Mode Fiber Communication Systems, Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. •••••;
Fiber Networking and Telecommunications; 1/•••••
••••• Single-Mode Fiber Optic Transceiver using Short-Wavelength Active Devices in Long-
Wavelength Fiber Proceedings of SPIE Vol •••••; Fiber Networking and Telecommunications; 1/•••••
••••• Fiberoptic Transceivers for Sensor and Sensor Systems Applications, Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. •••••;
Fiberoptic and Laser Sensors VI; Boston MA, Sept. 6, 7, •••••; 1/•••••
••••• Fiberoptic Pressure Sensors Employing Reflective Diaphragm Techniques, Proceedings of SPIE, Vol.
•••••; Fiberoptic and Laser Sensors VI; Boston MA, Sept•••••,7,•••••;1/•••••
••••• Information Gatekeepers, Inc. Conference: Fiber Optic Markets and Technology Trends - Strategies
for the •••••s. 3/•••••/••••• Arlington VA, Invited Speaker
••••• Designers Handbook: FiberOptic Couplers for Multiplexing Part I, Photonics Spectra,Vol•••••, #4; 4/•••••
••••• Designers Handbook: FiberOptic Couplers for Multiplexing Part II, Photonics Spectra,Vol•••••, #5; 5/•••••
••••• Multimode WDMs for •••••/••••• nm; OFC •••••, New Orleans LA, Poster paper